Founder’s Dinner Brings NYMC Community Together Virtually
The New York Medical College (NYMC) community gathered online to celebrate the first-ever virtual Founder’s Dinner.
Leadership, inspiration and education, were the themes of the video viewed by College supporters on the evening of October 21, while a live chat feature kept the audience engaged with each other. The event honored distinguished community leaders and alumni and paid homage to the students and faculty on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Founder’s Dinner raised more than $305,900 that will be used to ensure NYMC's continued success in educating the next generation of physicians and health care providers and conducting life-saving biomedical research. This year’s presenting sponsors were the NYMC Board of Advisors, Boston Children’s Health Physicians and Westchester Medical Center.
Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., offered greetings to the virtual audience and thanked them for their support saying, “Together we will forge a new path. We will not only service this pandemic as an institution, but we will also prevail because our mission is simply too important not to do so.”
Special recognition was given to Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease for leading the nation through the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s Founder’s Dinner recognized Mayor of New Rochelle Noam Bramson and former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera and Clara Younce Rivera for their leadership and support of their community, New Rochelle, once a Coronavirus hot spot. The evening also paid tribute to Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health; White Plains Hospital; U.S. House Representative Nita M. Lowey; and all of the NYMC alumni or faculty members who have served or currently serve as health commissioners in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Other honors of the evening went to alumnus Ronald L. Arenson, M.D. '70, chair emeritus of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, the recipient of the William Cullen Bryant Award—established to recognize those remarkable individuals who, in the tradition of the College’s founder, William Cullen Bryant, demonstrate seminal leadership in health care, science, education, business or the arts. Tiffany E. Channer, M.P.H. '13, assistant administrative director of laboratories and quality manager, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award.